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Improved medication use could have saved $200 billion, IMS study shows
Modern Healthcare

An estimated $200 billion could have been saved last year if patients and clinicians improved the way they use medications, according to a new study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

Medication nonadherence, misuse of antibiotics and other so-called “avoidable costs” lead to millions of unnecessary hospital admissions, outpatient and emergency room visits and prescriptions.

“Access to medications is a very important priority,” Murray Aitken, executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, said during a call with reporters.